Monday Morning Quarterback for October 28th

Should all states have a “mercy rule” when it comes to athletic events?

You may or may not have heard, but a high school football coach in Texas was accused of “bullying” from a parent of a player on the opposing team after Aledo High School beat Fort Worth Western Hills 91-0 in a game played earlier in October.

Under Texas law, accusations of bullying of any kind have to be investigated.  The Aledo coaching staff was cleared of all charges of bullying by the school district a few days later.

In fact, the head coach of Aledo, Tim Buchanan, himself had asked the officials several times during the game if there could be a running clock to speed up the game. 

bullying Aledo Football Coach Tim Buchanan

Unlike many states, Texas does not have a mercy rule when it comes to athletic events.  You can read more about this situation here.

The state of Kentucky has a mercy rule for football in which if a team is winning by a margin of 45 or more points in the second half, the game clock will continue to run to speed up the game.  I witnessed the rule in action this past Friday night with Williamsburg and Lynn Camp (final 53-0).

Here is my question again….

Should all states have a “mercy rule” when it comes to athletic events?  What are your thoughts on this subject?  Feel free to leave your comments here….


Have a good week!!


Monday Morning Quarterback for September 2 2013

Here’s to those who get to enjoy a 3 day weekend.  I hope it went well.  And now for this week’s version of the Steve Black Show’s Monday Morning Quarterback.

Mercy Rules!!!!

football pic

I was checking out the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper at my hotel this weekend and found a story from Mike Field’s high school notebook concerning the adjustment to the mercy rule in high school football in the state of Kentucky this year.  Here is his entire article.

Since 2001 in the state of Kentucky, the KHSAA put in a mercy rule for football where if a team has a 45 point lead in the second half, then the game would continue with a running game clock.  Starting this season, that rule has been adjusted to start a running clock when a team gets a 36 point lead in the second half.

Other states have mercy rules in football that vary from a margin of 35 points, 30 points and so on..

Some high school coaches think the rule is needed to reduce the chance of injury during lopsided games.  Other coaches embrace the rule as a chance to get others players into the game that may not get to play otherwise.

What do you think about the mercy rule for Kentucky high school football?  Is the margin too high, too low, just right, or should we not have one at all.  We at the Steve Black Show would be interested in reading your comments on the matter.  You can leave those comments here on the website.  We may even share those comments on a future show.

That is it for this week.  Sorry that it is short (I am a little under the weather as I write this).  Listen in to the Steve Black Show this Thursday at 7pm.  We will recap local high school football from this past weekend, recap the Battle for the Brass Lantern, preview upcoming games and we will have a special interview with former University of Kentucky head football coach Hal Mumme.

Have a super sports week!!!